7 Strange Summer Sports I Play Every Year As a Single Mother in NYC

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Swiming isn't the only sport that takes place at the pool...

BuzzFeed published a list of the Top 10 Strangest Summer Sports people play, like zorbing (riding around inside one of those giant plastic hamster balls that look like suffocation chambers), elephant polo (no, that’s not when fat people play polo), or cheese rolling (that’s when you roll cheese). I’ve never played any of those sports and I don’t imagine that I ever will, but I do engage in a lot of strange athletic events every summer, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Let me know if any of you also score at these:

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  • Shaving 1 of 7
    Shaving
    It's an endurance sport that takes a lot of technique in order not to wind up bloodied.
    Photo source: dangiles73/Flickr
  • Trying to avoid thigh burn while walking in a skirt 2 of 7
    Trying to avoid thigh burn while walking in a skirt
    Requires great concentration and skill. And lots of medicated powder.
    Photo source: gdudg/Flickr
  • Putting sunscreen on a kid who wants to run 100 feet away from you into the ocean 3 of 7
    Putting sunscreen on a kid who wants to run 100 feet away from you into the ocean
    It's almost like catching a fish with your bare hands.
    Photo source: the(?)/Flickr
  • Dodging poop and fist fights at the public pool 4 of 7
    Dodging poop and fist fights at the public pool
    Great abdominal workout!
    Photo source: NYC.gov
  • Hooking up the portable air conditioner 5 of 7
    Hooking up the portable air conditioner
    I've found this sport is best played with a teammate. Getting the hoses from the window to the machine is like the fiercest game of tug-of-war you've ever seen.
    Photo source: Everything Simple
  • Scooting 6 of 7
    Scooting
    I don't care. It's fun. If it's good enough for Hugh Jackman, it's good enough for me. The hard part is getting my daughter to let me share her ride.
    Photo source: One Year in Paris via JustJared
  • Dating 7 of 7
    Dating
    Sure it's a game of chance. But, like tennis, it's potentially full of love. Summer is really the only time I have to put myself out there while my daughter is visiting her dad. That means I can date without having to pay for a sitter. Looks like it's going well for this couple, tho. Clearly they've got more than ice cream on their minds...
    Photo source: thaths/Flickr

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